Tegucigalpa, Mar 3 (Entravision) .- The president of Honduras, John Orlando Hernandez, ordered today “the full-scale intervention” of the 17 customs of the country, and urged his fellow countrymen to denounce any irregularity in these institutions, reported an official source.
“at the request of the president, backed by the Defense and Security Council, is sorted the total customs system, immediately,” said a statement read by the minister of the Presidency, Reinaldo Sánchez, in a press conference, in which he was present Hernández.
The ruler expressed his “support” to the holder of the Executive Direction of income (DEI), Miriam Guzman, who also directs the National Force evasion, created by Hernandez last January.
“We will do what we have to Do to this country to regain the peace, tranquility and becomes transparent and that the Hondurans know that every penny that is taxable is to be used as it should be, with the transparency measures of the case,” Hernandez said.
The president also urged the Hondurans to “denounce any irregularity” in the customs of the central American country, and warned that he would not reverse its decision.
The customs officials “are collusion with the tax evasion will be separated from their charges and subject to due process of law”, warned the Honduran Government, according to the release.
The intervention was ordered “due to the findings in customs procedures as possible facts to constitute the crime of tax evasion, smuggling and related, That are being investigated,” Sanchez said.
The National Force evasion will be “the one in charge of the process of customs clearance, inspection and valuation of all merchandise in each of the customs receivership”, according to official information.
Three of the 17 customs of Honduras underwent this Monday by the national strength and the DEI evasion, with support of the Public Ministry (Attorney General), the judiciary, the Military Police and the National Police, with the aim of reducing the smuggling and increase the tax collection.
The customs intercepted are those of the hands and hot water, bordering with Nicaragua and Guatemala, respectively, and the Puerto Cortes, Honduras in the Caribbean, according to the authorities.
According to official estimates, the treasury of Honduran leaves Perceive each year about 23,000 million lempiras (a little more than 1,100 million dollars) for tax evasion.